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Basie Reunion

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Love Jumped Out
  2. The Blues I Like To Hear
  3. John's Idea
  4. Baby Don't Tell On Me
  5. Roseland Shuffle


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 24, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: 1958
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ojc
  • ASIN: B00004Z3ZG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #302,636 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I first bought this album in the 60s as a 10 " vinyl and I just recently bought the CD. On paper it appears to have some drawbacks: the players are all a little past their prime and the total playing time is just over 40 minutes. However, I keep the playing the CD just as I did with the vinyl version years ago. It's relaxed and it swings. The front line consists of Paul Quinichette, tenor, Buck Clayton and Shad Collins, trumpets and Jack Washington, baritone. The rythmn section is Basie's: Eddie Jones, Jo Jones and Freddie Greene plus Nat Pierce on piano...what a swinging bedrock of rythmn! Everyone still has their chops and they are obviously enjoying the reunion - especially, I would guess, Jack Washington who got little solo time while playing with Basie but who aquits himself well here. There's lots to like about this album but I guess I keyed on the lines that Eddie Jones and Nat Pierce laid down behind the soloists. There are only 5 tunes, two of them 12 blues, but each gives the players time to stretch out and show their stuff. As an aside, the information provided by Amazon is completely wrong, perhaps mistakenly exchanged with some rock and roll anthology ...ignore it.
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By Bomojaz on February 21, 2007
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This 1958 session was the second of two Count Basie oriented albums Swingville put out (the first, FOR BASIE, was issued in 1957). All the musicians here are Basie alumni (even pianist Nat Pierce, a Basie influenced player if there ever was one, did arranging for the Count in the early 50s). The biggest kick for me is being able to hear baritone saxist Jack Washington stretch out solo-wise; he never really got his due in that role with the band (certainly not as much as Harry Carney did with Duke's band). He's a wonderful, gutsy player, especially forceful on ROSELAND SHUFFLE. Paul Quinichette is less a direct copy of Lester Young than usual on this date and seems to me in many spots (ROSELAND SHUFFLE again) to be purposely trying to distance himself from the master. Trumpeter Shad Collins is warm and lyrical as usual, especially on open horn. Buck Clayton's blues piece LOVE JUMPED OUT is a particularly handsome tune. Five tunes make up the CD - 3 swingers and 2 medium blues. It's a most relaxed and enjoyable set, definitely worth checking out.
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It used to be said that Count Basie could take 12 guys and make them sound like 6, while Duke Ellington could take 6 guys and make them sound like 12. This group takes the middle ground with four horns on the front line with a full rhythm section. It doesn't sound like a big band, but has more presence than a combo. The star of the show here is Freddie Green. He doesn't take one solo but his subtle pulse swings everybody and fortunately is recorded to good advantage. Quinichette plays off many of Lester Young's ideas, but he's not as graceful on his feet as his idol. Still he plays with great drive.
Clayton is never less than superb, but the surprise is Shad Collins who I don't think was recorded much in his career. Here he navigates the entire range of the trumpet with ease with a comfortable warm sound. Jack Washington has a sound that falls somewhere between Harry Carny and Gerry Mulligan and his lines are both jagged and somewhat convoluted to the point where you think he's not going to come out of a solo unscathed. He does. Close your eyes during Nat Pierce's solos and you'll swear you're listening to Basie.
The music is not exactly 30's and 40's swing nor is it bop. It's what critics used to call "mainstream jazz." You don't hear it much anymore. When these guys left they took the music with them. Better latch on to this CD and recall how good music used to be.
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This album is one of a handful that Quinichette recorded as both an homage to Basie (a band in which he served) and as the title implies, a reunion of alumni. This was recorded about eleven months after he recorded For Basie, and although most of the same core personnel are on this album, the addition of another trumpet and a baritone sax gives this album a much larger sound.

The line up here is Quinichette on tenor sax, Shad Collins and Buck Clayton on trumpet, Jack Washington on baritone sax, and a rhythm section led by Nat Pierce on piano. Pierce is virtually a Basie clone who comps identically, and has the same rhythmic swing and approach to the instrument. He is backed by Freddie Green on guitar, Eddie Jones on bass (the great Walter Page who was on the earlier album has passed away about seven months before this one was recorded), and Papa Jo Jones on drums. Papa Jo and Green are the original members of the All American Rhythm Section (Page and Basie were the other two members.)

The key difference in personnel on the For Basie album and this one is Buck Clayton and Jack Washington are added, and Eddie Jones replaced Page. It's the addition of Clayton and Washington that make the biggest difference. The sound is so much more fuller, but the swing is the equal of the earlier album. You can listen to sound samples on this page (the MP3 version of this album): Basie Reunion. That will give you an idea of the music, which is dripping with Kansas City blues and Basie's style that Nat Pierce pulls off so well.

This album was recorded for Prestige at Rudy van Gelder's Hackensack, NJ studio on September 5, 1958. Like the earlier album this one was recorded in just a day - testament to a totally different era!
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